Free demos at South Sun Beads

While I was eating some soft serve yogurt at Romi’s on Adams Avenue, I found a flyer advertising free beading demonstrations at South Sun Beads.

The demonstrations are 2 hours each and free, and there are complimentary snacks. To make money, they sell the demo kits in-store. It looks like they only 4 different projects, each demoed at different days and times.

It looks like they also hold wire-working, beading, and other jewelry-making classes, if anybody is interested.

South Sun Beads
@ 8601 Aero Drive

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Valentine’s Eve vegan cooking class

This is an amazing idea by Sea Rocket Bistro.  On February 13th, they will be holding a cooking class, featuring a vegan, 3-course meal. The menu sounds delicious!

Roasted Beet and Caramelized Onion Tart with Creamy Tofu Spread

Quinoa & Asparagus Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

“ Like Water for Chocolate” Roasted Chiles stuffed with Lentils and Wheatberries, stopped with Walnut Sauce 

Almond Citrus Olive Oil Cake with Raspberry Coulis

The price is $60/person (it would’ve been cute if they had a slightly cheaper couple’s price), and includes the price of the ingredients, the instruction, tax, and some champagne!  To RSVP, call 619-997-8043 or e-mail

Chef Jenn has a blog that you can check out for other cooking class information.

I love cooking vegan because you put vegetables in the forefront rather than something on the side of a slab of meat.  (I do love me some meat slabs though.)  Veggies and grains can be made into so many diverse dishes.  This cooking class sounds like a really fun experience!

Happening This Week (December 13-19, 2010)

  • Thursday, 12/16, 6-9pm: Last Minute Holiday Shopping by North Park Craft Mafia, at El Take It Easy. Do some holiday shopping with some indie craft vendors. Get some pork belly tacos while you’re there too! MMMMMmmmm.
  • Saturday, 12/18: Signups for classes at the UCSD Crafts Center start today.

Belated again because of lack of Internet. Thank god for the iPhone wordpress app!

Home Ec Studio

After some unbelievable carnitas tacos at MIHO today, the significant other and I walked through the set of new shops next door. The first thing I see is Home Ec Studio.

Awesome! Excuse the reflection of the glass. Inside are a couple of tables set with several sewing machines, and in the corner is another cabinet full of more machines.

On their big chalkboard, they have an announcement for the South Park Walkabout tomorrow. They will be having two 1-hour classes for $10. The classes will be at 6pm and a second at 7pm. “Machine sewing” and “hand embroidery” were written in big letters on the chalkboard, so I think those are the two subjects being covered. :P

Looking through their website, it looks like they have classes for both kids and adults. If you’re interested in sewing, I’d say this place is worth a look!

The shop has also been written up in the SD City Beat in an article by Clea (also co-owner of Blind Lady Ale House). Here’s the link for that, if you’re interested.

Home Ec Studio
2225 30th Street, South Park

The Grove October 2010 Classes Posted

The Grove over on Juniper and 30th, in South Park, has just posted their classes for this month.  If you’re an aspiring knitter or crocheter (hooker, dare I say), then check out the basic skills classes that they offer.  It looks likes classes happen a few times a month and are $20.

The Grove is also offering classes for specific patterns.  The cowl looks like a fun way to practice lace, which is something I still haven’t managed to check off my craft to-do list.  The Clapotis is an adorable, intermediate pattern that I did in college and still proudly show people…  Though I made it out of Debbie Bliss cotton angora and it sheds like CRAZY.  I cannot wear this with many outfits.

If you’re interested in learning for relatively cheap, check these classes out.  Me?  I learned on the Internetz, though I would love to knit with others.

UCSD Crafts Center Fall Registrations Open

This is something neat that I just discovered!  University of California, San Diego is offering craft classes at their Crafts Center. Registration has just started for this fall quarter.  Fees are discounted if you are a current UCSD student, staff, faculty, or spouse.

Classes include glassblowing, ceramics, guitar lessons, and jewelry making.  There are quite a few categories, so definitely check the site out yourself.

Depending on the class, fees range from $162 to upper $300, for non-UC-affiliated people.  If you’re a UC student, you can get nearly a 50% discount on these classes. Some of these classes DO have a materials fee, so keep that in mind when signing up!

You can register online (which seems the easiest to me), in person, or through mail.

UCSD Crafts Center
at Revelle Campus off Eucalyptus Grove Lane
Directions and map